Sweden to Extend COVID-19 Booster Shots to All Aged 65 or Above

STOCKHOLM—Sweden will start offering COVID-19 booster shots to people aged 65 or older as well as many care workers and plans to gradually extend the third jabs to most Swedes in the coming months, the government said on Wednesday. The booster shots of mRNA vaccine will be gradually extended to cover all people in the Nordic country aged 16 or older during the winter and spring, Health Minister Lena Hallengren told a news conference. The healthcare staff to be offered boosters included all employees involved in-home care, nursing homes, and assisted living programs. Infections remain at fairly low levels four weeks after almost all restrictions and recommendations were abolished in Sweden. Still, deaths have started to slowly edge higher after a slow summer, pushing the toll over the course of the pandemic above the 15,000 mark this week. “According to studies, we notice a diminishing antibody effect. We saw during …

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